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Playing The Blame Game March 16, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Humor, Mindfulness.
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Broccoli-Mocking-StewieIt’s a shame when we insist on playing the blame game, because we proclaim ourselves as “victims.”

Much better to see our part in the process and maintain our autonomy and freedom of choice.

When we control our thoughts, we control our life.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  Owning Up (Suzicate) * How to Get Out of Prison (Gems of Delight)

Walking The Streets Like Beggars February 13, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Health & Wellness, Mindfulness.
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Donald-Duck-LazyUnhappiness often arises from holding on to the past or worrying about the future.

Awareness has healing power.  

Simply watch your thoughts, relax, and allow them to drift away . . . as darkness gives way to light.

* You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. ~ Buddha

Observe your breath and it will slow down.  Follow your breath.  Become calm and centered.  Allow your thoughts to settle down.

Measure your success by the degree of PEACE you feel.


* Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly. ~ St. Francis de Sales

If you are not happy, you have disconnected yourself from your true self.

* Many of us are millionaires walking the streets like beggars because we’ve forgotten we have untold wealth within.

To tap into pure being, follow your breath.  Let go of fear.  Step into love.

Aah . . . that’s better!

26 Things To Keep In Mind February 9, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Health & Wellness, Mindfulness.
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IMGP1472aHere are 26 Really Important Things to Keep in Mind while developing the habit of focusing on the positives:

1. Acceptance of the “what is”

2. Balance

3. Compassion

4. Delight

5. Enthusiasm

6. Forgiveness

7. Gratitude

8. Health & Wellness

9. Inspiration

IMGP2751b10. Joy

11. Kindness

12. Love

13. Mindfulness & Meditation

14. Nature

15. Observing the NOW as it is

16. Peace & Patience

17. Questioning (with alert curiosity)

18. Relaxation & Breathing

_0001c19. Stillness & Serenity

20. Tranquility

21. Uplifting thoughts

22. Visualization

23. Well-being

24. Xanadu

25. Your purpose & passion

26. Zen Wisdom

Aah . . . that’s better!

What would YOU add to the list?

“It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.” ~ Rene Descartes

Related reading:  How To Be Happy Right Now (Gems of Delight)

Triple A To The Rescue! January 22, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Happiness, Health & Wellness.
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Woodstock-&-SnoopyWhen your car breaks down, it’s Triple A to the rescue.  If your life bogs down, you can also turn to AAA for help:

Action Alleviates Anxiety

Sometimes a small change has a tremendous impact on our mental outlook:

* Exercise is a great stress buster.  Go for a brisk walk.  Boost your heart rate while lowering your stress and anxiety levels.

* Take the dog and/or kids to the park or playground.  Play tag, dodge ball, or monkey in the middle.  Get on with it.  Live Life Now.

* Offer to take nursing home residents in wheelchairs for outings around the neighborhood.  Walk dogs at the local shelter.  Volunteering two hours per week can reduce stress and provide other feel good benefits.

* Join a tai chi or yoga group in the park.  Meditative movements help melt anxiety.  Sunshine is a mood booster.

* Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff ~ Swap out one negative thought a day for a more positive thought.

* Catch up with friends.  Peel an orange.  Read a book.  Don’t let life slip through your fingers.  

* Be mindful.  Pay attention.  Awake and aware, we walk, pause, listen, reflect, know, and see the world anew ~ bright, fragrant, alive.

Life is a tapestry of textures.  Enjoy it!  Make your life come true.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Be Who You Want To Be September 10, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Mindfulness, Nature, People.
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Who you are now is:

A.  The product of a lifetime of choices you’ve made.
B.  A habit, not a foregone conclusion.
C.  A manifestation of unconscious implicit memories.
D.  All of the above.

The answer is D ~ “All of the above.”

Who you are now is a collection of unconscious implicit memories developed over time as the result of choices you made and repeated so often that they became hard-wired habits.

If “who you are now is who you want to be,” take the day off to play while the rest of us roll up our sleeves to examine the roles we’ve been playing.

You can’t just tell yourself to stop.

No matter how tired you’ve become of being depressed, angry, anxious, impatient, or [insert other self-defeating behavior, emotion, or belief here], you can’t just tell yourself to stop.

You’ve already tried that and it didn’t work.

As soon as your conscious intention to “stop doing that!” slipped from the forefront of your thoughts . . . old habits crept back into the drivers seat.

Creating the intention to lose weight, write a novel, or laugh more often is not enough to create lasting change because your old wiring is still in place.

Don’t look now, but your old wiring is still firing.

If you erase a document from your hard-drive, it’s still there . . . lurking in the shadows . . . like a bad habit that won’t go away.

Instead of erasing an unwanted document, try replacing it. Character by character.  Or, in the case of unwanted habits, character trait by character trait.

To change, you MUST believe change is possible.

To make any headway, you MUST view yourself as a “work in progress,” not as a “done deal.”  If you don’t believe you can change, you can’t.  It’s that simple.

Your stubborn unwillingness to entertain the possibility of change will stall you in your tracks before you’ve built up any steam.

The confining nature of your belief is the perfect example of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Donald-Duck-DrivingYou need a map to get from HERE to THERE.

Just as kitchens and baths can be remodeled, you can change “who you are” by re-wiring your brain.

The process starts like any remodeling project ~ with a set of blueprints that clearly depicts “who you want to be.”

Once you have a clear vision in mind, it’s a simple matter of knocking down walls (i.e., eliminating habits) that are not consistent with the more functional design you have visualized.

It’s OK to work backwards.

When visualizing your road map, it’s OK to work backwards, like Michelangelo did before carving David:

* Visualize who you want to be.
* Chisel away everything that doesn’t conform to that vision.


That’s it!  You’ve created a virtual masterpiece!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Tomorrow ~> Creating Self-Sustaining Change

* * * * *

Our brain, which controls virtually every aspect of our lives, is as amazing a piece of equipment as you are ever likely to encounter.

Reading this post is akin to reading the Cliff Notes for a beloved classic ~ you’ll get the gist of the plot-line and learn about a few of the major characters, but many delightful nuances and well-turned phrases are missing.

To learn more about our miraculous bundle of synaptic intelligence, consider reading Evolve Your Brain ~ The Science of Changing Your Mind, by Joe Dispenza.

Changing your mind will change your life.

Quote to Ponder:  We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an action, but a habit.  ~ Aristotle

All That Mildews Is Not Mold July 9, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Home & Garden, Humor.
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Poisoned AppleOne of my favorite product warning labels appeared on a spray bottle of Mildew Remover:

Use only in well-ventilated areas.


Just as rolling stones gather no moss, well-ventilated areas seldom attract mildew.

Stated another way . . . they’re selling a product that should only be used where it’s not needed and should never be used where it is needed.

Very helpful.

Aah . . . that’s better! 

Related articles:  Frugal Mold & Mildew Remover (white vinegar + water)

The Art of “Cooking” Raw Food May 22, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Humor.
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To counter health issues, my sister is on a Gluten Free Vegan diet with lots of Raw Food tossed into the hopper.

I equate Raw Food with crisp crunchy salads . . .


Fresh fragrant fruit requiring little or no preparation . . .


A plate of crisp crunchy crudités . . .


Or better still, a pairing of fresh veggies and fresh fruit . . .


But what do I know?

A few weeks ago, my sister went to a Raw Food Sampling Event in Mount Dora, Florida.  Attendees received samples to try and recipes to take home but did not observe any actual food preparation because . . . preparing Raw Food would have taken too long.

I find that amusing.


As it turns out, many Raw Food Recipes take hours longer to prepare than their cooked equivalents.  A few examples:

* White Basmati Rice takes 25 minutes to prepare in boiling water.  On a Raw Food diet, rice must be soaked overnight to become digestible.

* White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies take 8-10 minutes to bake, all the while perfuming the kitchen with delicious aromas that make it hard to eat just one.  In contrast, raw cookies must be dehydrated for hours before becoming (barely) edible.  And, even after all that time, they are still hard.

No, not hard to resist.  Just hard.


When I asked my sister about the sampling event, she said, “Interesting talk and good food, especially the crunchy raw live crackers.”

“Did you enjoy any of the samples enough to recreate the recipes at home?”

“No.  Probably not.  Too much work.”

“Don’t you find it ironic that RAW food takes longer to prepare than COOKED food?”

“I suppose.”

“At least they didn’t call it a Raw Food “Cooking” Demo.  That would have been oxymoronic.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

What are your favorite Raw Food “Recipes”?

Smoothies?  Salads?  Fresh Fruit?  Or something more involved?

Related Articles:  The Raw Food Diet, Overcooked (David Katz, M.D.) * Raw Food Diet (WebMD) * Pros & Cons of a Raw Food Diet (Prevention)

You Deserve A BREAK Today February 18, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Fun & Games, Gratitude, Happiness, Health & Wellness.
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Woodstock-&-Snoopy2The busier our days, the more we benefit from breaks and breathers to keep ourselves sharp and on the ball.

Think of it as a short Intermission in the midst of a concert.

Giving ourselves small (and large) rewards as we move through jam-packed days pays dividends in productivity, mood, and stress levels.

* After a meeting or completing a dreaded phone call, you might fix a cup of coffee or a pot of tea and enjoy it away from your desk.

* After wrestling and wrangling with the laundry, you might put your feet up and read a chapter of a delicious book or put on music and close your eyes.

Mickey-In-HammockOther mini-rewards:  a 15-minute power nap, a soothing bubble bath, a brisk walk around the block, a refreshing smoothie, meditation, yoga, sitting in the park, stretching, cycling around the neighborhood.

Other ideas?  What mini-indulgence would you choose?

Share below.

Larger multi-day tasks, once completed, call for more elaborate rewards and rituals.  Something that will make you smile for 2-3 hours.

* After completing and filing your income taxes, you might browse in a bookstore or enjoy an art exhibit at a local museum.

* After cleaning out the attic, garage, or your closets, you might schedule time for a massage at the local Spa.

Donald-Duck-Painting* After painting the living room or scraping barnacles off your boat, you might get tickets to a play.

Other 1/2-day rewards:  a picnic lunch with wine, cheese, and pastries, a trip to the zoo, a movie matinée, a sunset sail, dinner at a new restaurant you’ve wanted to try, or maybe just curling up in front of a roaring fire with the latest best seller.

Other ideas?  How would you choose to spend 2-3 hours rewarding yourself?

What about monumental tasks?  What type of reward would you enjoy after landing a new job, moving into new digs, finishing your first (or fifth) novel, reaching your goal weight, or training for and competing in a marathon?

How about a short cruise . . . on a boat that doesn’t catch fire and drift around the Gulf of Mexico for days without adequate food and facilities.  Or maybe a weekend get-a-way at a cozy bed and breakfast with your significant other. Or perhaps you’d enjoy a Stay-Cation to see the sights in your own backyard.

What’s that?

Tigger-BouncingYes, of course, completing the task is its own reward.

Give yourself a carrot anyway.
You’re worth it.

You deserve a BREAK today!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Ponderous & Ponderable Ponderisms December 7, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Fun & Games, Humor, Joke, Word Play.
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7 Thoughts on Health & Wellness

(1) I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

(2) Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive.

(3) There are two kinds of pedestrians: the quick and the dead.

(4) Life is sexually transmitted.

(5) Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

(6) Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.

(7) Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.

7 Thoughts on Home & Garden

(1) When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it a valuable plant.

(2) Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog’s face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him on a car ride; he sticks his head out the window?

(3) The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.

(4) All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

(5) How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire . . . or a fire in the fireplace?

(6) Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, “I think I’ll squeeze these dangly things here, and drink whatever comes out?”

(7) In like vein, who was the first person to say, “See that chicken there? I’m going to eat the next thing that comes out of its backside.”‘

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source: e-mail from an unknown author (sent by Granny1947)

Related post:  Hen Keepers (AgriGirl’s Blog)

Scatter Joy November 12, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Gratitude, Happiness.
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What is Joy?  Where can we find it?  How can we share it?  Is it Peace?   Harmony?  An overwhelming feeling of complete and utter well-being?

In this tiny Treasury of Wisdom, the editors of The Secrets of Joy share quotes from around the globe and across the millenia to encourage us to find Joy for ourselves and share Joy with others:

Above all, share the gladness in its pages with others in your life.  For joy, contagious as a smile, demands to be spread.

A few favorites from this tiny treasury:

* It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. ~ Agnes Repplier

* Happiness is a how, not a what; a talent, not an object. ~ Hermann Hesse

* What a wonderful life I’ve had!  I only wish I’d realized it sooner. ~ Colette

* May you live all the days of your life. ~ Jonathan Swift

* There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

* Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks. ~ Samuel Johnson

* Scatter Joy. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Interspersed within its 4 chapters (Seeking Happiness, Simple Pleasures, Giving Joy, The Joyful), exuberant and cheerful illustrations encourage readers to smile as they reach for their own paintboxes. 

Aah . . . that’s better!


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